The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

THE Wind­sor Melbourne may be a his­toric ho­tel but when it comes to af­ter­noon teas it’s de­cid­edly up to the minute. Chefs world­wide have de­clared the eclair the teatime treat of choice (macarons and cup­cakes are so last year, ap­par­ently) and, in keep­ing with the trend, Wind­sor pas­try chef Gette Eliso is turn­ing out all man­ner of feather-light choux cre­ations. Sam­ple, say, a del­i­cate lemon with Ital­ian meringue ar­range­ment or, in a deca­dent twist on the clas­sic, a Parisian ver­sion with Bel­gian choco­late cream and ganache. Eliso and her team are cre­at­ing more than 1000 hand-piped morsels a week, mini ver­sions of which have made their way on to the ho­tel’s three­tiered fine-china tea-time stands and plat­ters for its week­end buffet. The Wind­sor Melbourne, cel­e­brat­ing its 130th an­niver­sary this year, has been serv­ing af­ter­noon teas since it opened and now of­fers two sit­tings daily; $59 mid­week or $79 week­ends. More: the­hotel­wind­sor.com.au.

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